Bishop David Konderla on the Reinterpretation of Human Sexuality

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a federal law that bans                discrimination on the basis of "sex" also applies to "sexual orientation"          and "transgender" status. While unjust discrimination is always wrong,          this decision, in effect, legally reinterprets human sexual identities to no        longer reflect man and woman. To learn more, watch Bishop David                Konderla's video message here, and read our latest resource:
National NFP Awareness Week is July 19-25

    Live the truth and beauty of God's plan for married love! NFP Awareness        Week is an annual campaign to celebrate and educate individuals and            couples throughout the country about the gift NFP is to marriages and          families. 
Legal/Policy Updates

Supreme Court  - On June 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga.,   that the federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment based on "sex" (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) includes protections based on "sexual orientation" and "transgender status." Though stating an assumption that sex is a biological binary, the Court's reasoning then effectively ignored that and wiped away sexual difference itself. This left unresolved, and put people at increased risk in, circumstances involving health care providers, athletics, sex-designated facilities, free speech such as with respect to pronoun usage, and more. USCCB President, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, issued a statement concerning the decision.

HHS - Three days prior, on June 12th, the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services had issued a regulation  undoing an enjoined 2016 regulation that had inserted "gender identity" and "termination of pregnancy" into the Affordable Care Act's "sex" nondiscrimination section (creating an abortion and gender transition mandate for health care professionals). USCCB chairmen issued a statement in support of the new regulation. On June 22nd, HHS was sued as a result.

Women's Sports - On June 19th, the U.S. Dept. of Justice filed a statement of interest in favor an Idaho law, which would protect women's student athletics from male "transgender" competitors but has been challenged in Court. This follows a May 28th ruling by the Dept. of Education against student athletic officials in Connecticut, that the state's allowing male competitors in female sports violates Title IX.

Surrogacy and Same-sex Rights - On June 17th, in one of at least four similar cases, a Maryland federal judge ordered citizenship and a passport be granted to the child born of a Canadian gestational surrogate, in Canada, for a US same-sex couple.

Confronting the Pornography Industry - The June 23rd announcement that pornography industry celebrity, Ron Jeremy, has been charged in four alleged sexual assaults highlights the need to address the ills of pornography and its connection to violence and exploitation. On April 30th, USCCB chairmen had written a letter to U.S. Attorney General Barr, urging the Dept. of Justice to proactively confront the pornography industry and encourage services for its survivors.

Across the Pond - "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling's advocacy against gender ideology, particularly as to its harms to women, has placed her in the spotlight in recent weeks, with most of her fellow celebrities attacking her for "transphobia."